Imagenation Abu Dhabi backs five projects

'Djinn,' 'Million's Poet,' 'Alaska,' 'Monsoon' among titles

LONDON -- Imagenation Abu Dhabi, the Emirati conglom, has announced a further five local Arabic filmmaking movie projects to be developed, financed and produced by the company.

The company said haunted house tale "Djinn," penned by U.S. writer David Tully and "Million's Poet," inspired by a TV show of the same name about a young Bedouin girl who strikes a deal with her brother to take part in a poetry contest have been added to the slate.

An adventure comedy, "Alaska" written by Ahmed El Arshi and detailing the story of two Abu Dhabi students on a road trip in the U.S. and rom com "Monsoon," penned by Yussef Ibrahim about an Emirati man looking to garner approval from his Indian girlfriend's mother by pretending to love all things India are also on the books.

The conglom is also putting together "Alis and Aishas," billed as a touching romcom set in the 1980s about a trio of Emirati men who travel to Egypt to find true love after struggling with the shortage of women at home.

The quintet of projects joins drama "Sea Shadow," to be directed by Nawaf al-Janahi and written by Mohamed Hassan Ahmad, which Imagenation Abu Dhabi unwrapped during this year's Festival de Cannes.

Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, chairman of Imagenation Abu Dhabi, said the slate "demonstrates our commitment to the film industry in the UAE."

Imagenation Abu Dhabi CEO Edward Borgerding said he thinks all the projects also have international potential.

"Not only are we aiming to make commercially-viable films, but we are also hoping to share the local Emirati culture with movie-goers around the world," said Borgerding, an American and former Disney International TV exec.
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